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How did your life collide with the headlines in 2007?
Iraq, the subprime crisis, Facebook, immigration, oil prices - 2007 had no shortage of hefty headlines. We'd like to hear about how these and other major news events of the past year affected you. Where did your life collide with the news in 2007?

What's your holiday performance story?
The office talent show, the neighborhood caroling posse, the school pageant ... At holiday time we often sing, dance, and dress as shepherds. Did you bloom in the warmth of your audience's adulation, or freeze up like the snowman you'd rather be building? Did your holiday performance change your life or that of someone close to you?

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Broadcast Information for October 30, 2004
Opening Music: Start From Scratch
Artist: Galactic - CD: Crazyhorse Mongoose (Capricorn)
Election Angst
Stressing out over the election? In a few days it'll all be over. But what will you do then, especially if your candidate is the loser? We sought advice from UCLA psychology professor Emanuel Maidenberg on how to cope.
Voting in Valentine
This weekend, lots of people are preparing for Tuesday, included those unsung heroes of the election, the people who man the polling stations. We talked to Judy Ridenour, a rancher and veteran poll worker in Valentine, Nebraska.
Music Bridge: Precious Blood
Artist: Early Day Miners - CD: All Harm Ends Here (Jagjaguwar)

Marfa Lights
There's something strange going on in Marfa. Producer Jesse Boggs traveled to West Texas and entered the world of the unexplained.

Online resource:
Marfa Lights website

(Additional support for Jesse Boggs' story comes from the Web site Hearing Voices and from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.)

Elliott Smith
John Lennon
Jeff Buckley
Posthumous Picks
Alan Light, editor of Tracks Magazine joins us with his favorite picks from artists who are jamming in the great beyond: John Lennon, Jeff Buckley and Elliott Smith.

Alan's commentary and set list:
Forget Her - Jeff Buckley from the album, Grace - Legacy Edition (Columbia)
A Fond Farewell - Elliott Smith from the album, From a Basement on a Hill (Anti)
Watching the Wheels - John Lennon from the album, Acoustic (Capitol)

Slumber Party in Duluth
A slumber party may sound like an oxymoron, but last weekend, at an all night music show, "music to sleep to" was the main event. Weekend America correspondent Chris Godsey went there and did his best to stay awake.

Online resource:
Slumber Duluth website

Music Bridge: Cosimo
Artist: To Rococo Rot - CD: Hotel Morgen (Domino)
Boston Breaks the Curse
Boston cheers
The Curse is Broken
The party's on today in Boston, celebrating the Red Sox sweep of the World Series. We check in with two fans, Martin Espada in Boston, and Steve Wolf in San Francisco, to see how they're coping with an unfamiliar experience - winning.
Music Bridge: Faulty Times
Artist: Black Mountain - CD: Black Mountain (Jagjaguwar)
Bob Bergin
Bob Bergin
Want to Hear Something Really Scary?
Bob Bergen, who fulfilled a lifelong wish to become the voice of Porky Pig, helps Barbara and Bill find the monster within.

Online resource:
Interview outtake 1: A young Bob seeks advice from Mel Blanc
Interview outtake 2: Bob coaches Barbara on sinister laugh

Back to Miami
He survived 2000 and he's back for 2004. Dan Gretch, the Americas Bureau Chief for Marketplace gives us his take on the Presidential Election.
Featured in Hour Two
Election Chaos
Headlines from the past few weeks have been rife with accusations of fraud, threats of lawsuits, and much craziness. It seems as if this election is more chaotic than ever before... but is it really? We'll find out from Harvard historian Alexander Keyssar.
The Mystery of Ballot Box 13
Ohio and Florida are headed for claims of election fraud... but it wouldn't be the first time. Have you ever heard of Ballot Box 13? Eunice Wells tells us the story from Alice, Texas.

Online resource:
More about the infamous Ballot Box 13
American Experience: Lyndon B. Johnson

Featured Song: Rolling
David Kilgour is an artist from New Zealand. In the 1970s, David and his brother Hamish formed one of the most influential post-punk bands called The Clean. Kilgour has just released his 4th solo album. When he's not surfing, he writes songs with simple and catchy melodies that get stuck in your head. This is a song called Rolling from the album Frozen Orange.

Purchase this song:
Rolling - Artist: David Kilgour - CD: Frozen Orange (Merge)

Scary Stories
Peter Grove, a teacher at Friends Central School in Philadelphia, reads "The Green Thumb." It's about an old woman who lived in a village in England a long time ago. She was said to have a green thumb and could grow any plant.

"The Green Thumb": Parts 1, 2, 3

Music Bridge: Installation Linoleum
Artist: 310 - CD: Recessional (Leaf)

Godzilla Conference
Scary Lizards
Happy Halloween from Godzilla. Fans gather this weekend in Lawrence, Kansas to commemorate a nuclear experience turned ugly. We speak with the conference organizer Bill Tsutsui, professor of Japanese history at the University of Kansas.

Online resource:
Conference website: In Godzilla's Footsteps

Music Bridge: Godzilla
Artist: Blue Öyster Cult - CD: Secret Treaties (Sony)

Radio Revolt
Want to learn how to wire up your own low-watt radio station... take a visit with producer Heather McElhatton to University Avenue in the Twin Cities.

Online resource:
Event information
Radio Revolt website

Listening to Jamie
The Third Coast International Audio Festival is taking place in Chicago this weekend. Every year they commission pieces on a theme... this year's theme... Darkness. BBC producer Hugh Levinson tells his story of dark winter nights in London.

Online resources:
Third Coast International Audio Festival
More short documentaries on the topic of "Darkness"

Featured Music: 4th Movement, Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27
Artist: Sergey Rachmaninov - CD: Rachmaninoff for a Rainy Day

Letters to the President
Kids advise the President on what they would do if they were president.

Online resource:
The Mary Baker Eddy Library

Edgar Springs
Next week, Host Bill Radke is going to Edgar Springs, Missouri and he's looking for a place to stay.
Music Bridge: This Land Is Your Land
Artist: Sharon Jones and Lee Fields - CD: Rewind, Vol. 4 (Ubiquity)
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